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There is something so beautiful about Fall – the shedding of the old to make way for the new to come. It’s full of promise, and beauty, and wonder – and so much inspiration.
Fall and I are kind of on the same page this year… and that’s exactly what inspired today’s project!
This fall leaf peekaboo tumbler is warm and cozy and full of magic, with its glitter leaves peeking out from the wood grain. And the end result is a gorgeous tumbler that is perfect for snuggling up by a bonfire or enjoying your morning coffee.
So come hang out with me for a few sis, and let’s learn how to make this fall tumbler together.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Stainless Steel Tumbler
- Removable Vinyl
- Matte Spray Paint (I’m using white)
- Epoxy (I’m using Counter Culture DIY’s Fast Set Epoxy)
- Glitter (I’m using Counter Culture DIY Glitter)
- Alcohol Inks (I’m using Brea Reese Alcohol Inks from Counter Culture DIY)
- Plastic Cups (to mix the epoxy)
- Wood Craft Sticks (to mix the epoxy)
- Heat Torch (Optional)
Step 1: Glitter Your Tumbler
Begin by applying a thin coat of epoxy, then immediately apply your glitter.
Step 2: Allow Glitter to Cure
Allow the glitter coat to fully cure. Next, apply another coat of epoxy over top.
Step 3: Add Leaf Decals to Tumbler
Now it’s time to add the leaf details to your tumbler.
Pro Tip: Since we will be removing the decals at the end, it is best to use removable vinyl for this project.
Step 4: Spray Paint the Tumbler
Spray paint your entire tumbler matte white. Note: For the best results, you MUST use matte spray paint.
Step 5: Apply Alcohol Inks
Once the spray paint has fully dried, it is time to apply the alcohol inks. I link to apply a line of alcohol ink, then use a brush to paint the ink from top to bottom to achieve a woodgrain effect.
Step 6: Remove Decals
After the alcohol inks have dried, peel away the leaf decals to reveal your glitter layer.
Pro Tip: You can use a weeding tool to quickly and easily remove the decals.
Step 7: Mix The Epoxy
Now it’s time to mix the epoxy. I use (and LOVE) Counter Culture DIY Fast Set!
Begin by pouring equal parts A + B epoxy and mix well. Keep in mind that the mixture will not harden if the two parts are not even or not mixed well enough.
Step 8: Apply Epoxy
Apply an even coat of epoxy and allow to cure.
Pro Tip: Use a torch to pop any bubbles that occur when you apply the epoxy.
Step 9: Cure and Enjoy!
Allow the epoxy to fully cure, and that’s it! You’re done!
A note about care: For the best longevity, always handwash your epoxy creations and never allow them to soak in water.
One of my favorite parts about this project is that each tumbler you make is totally unique. Each time you make one of these cups, the wood graining is slightly different giving each tumbler you a life of its own! It really is magical.
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